George A. Bowers Sr.: Americans must seek God
July 2, 2015
On May 30, 1765, the Virginia House of Burgesses adopted Patrick Henry’s four resolutions protesting the insidious Stamp Act of England. This was the initial spark that lit up the colonial landscape and eventually ignited the American Revolution eleven years later. Most Americans look back on those days with respect and admiration, grateful for what our forefathers did to confront injustice and oppression. Most of us deeply appreciate the great personal sacrifices they made to secure the abundant liberties that we enjoy in the United States this Independence Day.
Laura de Medici-Bentley: Finding those ‘teachable moments’ with language
July 1, 2015
Livia has always been a “talker,” but her language has really been exploding this past week. I used to hear her use a few new words per week, but lately she has been picking up new words every day and putting a variety of little sentences together.
Cody Fitchett: Primary colors, desserts
June 30, 2015
It is great to see sunshine here in Hyde Park, New York, after such a rainy weekend.
Jason Wright: ‘Without gratitude, without you, there is no home’
June 26, 2015
Dear Wife, No, it’s not Mother’s Day. It’s not Valentine’s Day either – that was almost five months and 50 degrees ago.
George Bowers Sr.: Pray for persecuted Christians
June 26, 2015
Imagine dropping your daughter off to her middle school one Tuesday on your way to work as you normally do. While you’re busily involved in your morning routine and drinking your second cup of coffee, you get an emergency call from the police stating that your daughter has been kidnapped along with 270 others during a terrorist raid at her school. Some students were killed as were several faculty members. You have no idea if you will ever see your daughter again.
Laura de Medici-Bentley: Don’t forget to take care of yourself
June 25, 2015
One of my readers asked what the biggest challenge I’m currently facing as a parent is. Lately, my biggest challenge is taking better care of myself.
Tom Crosby: Toyota’s Scion tC gives young drivers a fun ride
June 24, 2015
Toyota launched the Scion brand in 2002 to lure young, first-time car buyers and convince them after Scion ownership Toyota-made vehicles would always be a good choice. Scion shoppers can opt for the boxy SUV like xB, the small iQ, the sleek iM, the iA mid-size sedan, the FR-S sports car or the tC, the compact sedan that was our test drive. Scion prices range from nearly $26,000 for the FR-S to under $17,000 for the IQ, making the Scion financially viable for 20-somethings (iM and iA pricing are to be announced the third quarter of this year when the vehicles reach dealerships).
Cody Fitchett: Plating lessons at the CIA
June 23, 2015
Hello everyone, I am still alive and doing well here at The Culinary Institute of America.
Jason Wright: Lessons learned from a family history miracle
June 19, 2015
Have you ever met someone with a spirit, smile and faith so infectious you want to immediately introduce them to everyone you know? They are those special souls who radiate optimism and good news.
George A Bowers Sr.: Fathers are vitally important
June 19, 2015
Tomorrow is Father’s Day and a special time to remember and honor those men who have filled and are filling this vitally important role. While many claim that fathers are unnecessary except for reproduction, God’s word and modern research both indicate far differently.
Laura de Medici-Bentley: Ready for the ‘two’s’ and everything it brings
June 16, 2015
It’s hard to believe that this is my last week writing as the mother of a 1 year old. On Thursday, Livia turns 2. I’ve gotten a few warnings about the ‘’terrible twos,” but I think this age is anything but that. This is the age where Livia’s individuality is really showing, and I’m very excited about that.
Cody Fitchett: Mother sauces, cutting up a chicken
June 16, 2015
Hello to all of the Shenandoah Valley, it’s week 18 here at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. It just feels like yesterday that I moved into Hudson Hall and I started working on my dream here at the CIA.
George A. Bowers Sr.: We must run with perseverance
June 12, 2015
Last weekend several athletes competed in the Old Dominion 100 mile run. Yes, you read that right. They ran for 100 miles.
Jason Wright: Kids need to get hands dirty this summer
June 12, 2015
Light up those power strips, kids. Summer’s here! It’s time to play on the iPad, Xbox and Wii U. Woohoo.
Tom Crosby: Kia aggressively markets new Sorento
June 10, 2015
Early this year when other car manufacturers were flooding the airwaves with 2015 models, Kia was touting its all-new 2016 Sorento, hoping to stem an annual decline in sales that began plummeting in 2012. Sales began in January and by April sales were more than 15 percent better than last year.
Laura de Medici-Bentley: Stand your ground during dinnertime
June 9, 2015
In my family, dinnertime always meant sitting at the table together every night. Conversations at the dinner table were never dull. Sometimes we talked about how our day went, sometimes we planned vacations. Everyone participated, and nobody got up until everyone else was finished. I consider myself very lucky to have had both parents home for dinner every night.
Jason Wright: Woman proves laughter just might be best medicine
June 5, 2015
I like to think that when my friend Rose-Ellen Eastman laughs in the kitchen of her home in the Northern Virginia suburbs, someone in Shanghai smiles.
George A. Bowers Sr.: Don’t lock up God’s seed
June 5, 2015
It is exhilarating to see the Shenandoah Valley growing green and tall this spring. Gardens are filling out, cornfields are stretching higher, and the wheat crop is nearly ready. Though things could turn dry later in the summer, for now, it looks like another banner crop-growing year. Those who planted tiny seeds in faith weeks ago now look like geniuses while those who fearfully hesitated now seem like idiots.
Peter Brookes: Bonkers for Brookies
June 3, 2015
Go ahead and admit it, it’s downright frustrating.
Laura de Medici-Bentley: A positively beautiful head of hair
June 2, 2015
In the documentary “Good Hair,” comedian Chris Rock takes a look at how far some African American women go for “good hair.” Some of the women admitted to using relaxers to straighten their hair from the time they were as young as 4 years old. Other women admitted to spending thousands of dollars a year on hair extensions. The question behind the documentary is “What is wrong with the hair you have?”